Custom Homepages

What is it? Custom homepages, are user created pages hosted at companies such as Pageflakes.com and iGoogle.com that allow you to have whatever information you want, all on one page. Key features These websites will allow you to quickly and easily view any information, chosen and organized by the user. What information you can see […]

Digital Stories

In Professor Alison Schmidt’s Spring 2006 class on the Theories & Practicies in Teaching Reading students were asked to create digital stories on their early reading experiences and how those experiences would help them teach reading. Almost all of the students felt that they reflected much more on their experiences in this project than they […]

E-Readers

What is it? E-readers are devices that the user can read and/or download e-books.  There are a number of different e-reader devices like the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader or the Barnes and Noble Nook.  Most of these devices use a technology called digital or electronic ink, making them more easily read in sunlight.  They generally […]

Edublogs.org

What Is It? Edublogs.org is a free blog hosting service based on the WordPress blogging software. Who Uses It? The service is for faculty and students. How Does It Work? Signing up for an account on Edublogs.org takes all of 20 seconds. Once you register you’ll get a confirmation e-mail and then you are on […]

Educational Technology Equipment

UNDER REVIEW Educational Technology maintains a small selection of innovative hardware and software that faculty, staff, and students may borrow. This equipment has not yet been deployed generally across campus. If you’d like to explore some of this equipment, simply send an e-mail to the Help Desk. For more information, visit the “Checking out Equipment” wiki […]

Facebook

What Is It? Facebook is a social networking site that allows users to: Create a profile detailing affiliations and interests Post pictures and other media Find and contact others with similar affiliations and interests Expand a personal social network by various groups Who Uses It? Facebook began as a way for college students to find […]

Flickr

What is it? Flickr is currently the most popular online community/repository for photographs that encourages the sort of social dynamics characteristic of Web 2.0 sites. Open to anyone and free to use, Flickr allows users to upload, organize, and edit photos that are then available for viewing by others according to the privacy setting selected […]

Forums

What is it? Forums are web spaces designed to promote and facilitate discussions and a space to post user-generated content. They are often organzied with a specific topic or goal in mind that is best accomplished through general discussion and are intended to create or maintain a sense of community. Most forum architecture is organized […]

Google Earth and Other GIS Programs

What is it? Google Earth and GIS programs are programs that contain aerial photographs with geographical data combined to allow you to virtually visit anywhere on earth. Key features Walk the globe right from the comfort of your computer Get directions for places you need to go and know exactly where to turn based on […]

iMovie

What Is It? iMovie is a digital video editing software program for Macintosh that is available as part of Apple’s iLife suite. With iMovie, you can import video from several sources (such as a miniDV tape, VHS recording or DVD) or record directly in iMovie using a Web cam. Once you have imported your video […]

iTunes

What is it? iTunes is a free software product of Apple Inc. that is at once a multimedia library, a podcast subscription tool and a management tool for Apple iPod equipment. It is available for download from Apple for Macintosh and Windows. Through its link to the Apple iTunes Store, it provides free access to […]

Keynote

What Is It? Keynote is an application in the Apple iWork suite for Macintosh. It can be used to combine text, pictures, audio, video, animations and Web links into slides that can be displayed as part of a lecture, presentation or training session. Used well, computer-based presentations can help to present instructional materials in a […]

Learn about course management at Wooster

Wooster offers several options that allow faculty to manage their courses: Moodle (our course management system), Confluence (our institutional wiki), and Voices (our WordPress Multisite instance). Which of these options is best for you depends on your goals for the course and what activities you plan on having your students do. Moodle: This is our […]

Machinima

What is it? Machinima, a Portmanteau of machine cinema, is a collection of associated production techniques whereby computer-generated imagery (CGI) is rendered using real-time, interactive 3-D engines instead of professional 3D animation software. Engines from first-person shooter and role-playing simulation video games are typically used. Consequently, the rendering can be done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines […]

Omeka

What is it? Omeka ( Oh-mehk-ah) is a free, open-source web publishing system for online digital archives.  This web-based tool allows users to manage digital exhibits.  Omeka can be customized through plugins and themes.  The main purpose of Omeka is to display and organize digital images. Key Features Free and open-source Download and use the […]

Overhead Document Cameras

What is it? Document Cameras are digital video cameras with a bed or tray to place media on for projection purposes in a classroom setting. They are similar in function to overhead projectors, but with greatly improved capabilities such as zooming in or out, adjustable light levels (ideal for slides), and various viewing angles (ideal […]

Political Advertisements

With the marked use of the internet and digital technology in the 2008 Presidential Election, Political Science has grown to encompass the evaluation of digital media in the political realm. In the Fall of 2008, College of Wooster students served as political campaign strategists in Prof. Bos’ Media & Politics course.  As a part of […]

PowerPoint

What Is It? PowerPoint is an application in the Microsoft Office suite for Macintosh and Windows. It can be used to combine text, pictures, audio, video, animations and Web links into slides that can be displayed as part of a lecture, presentation or training session. Used well, computer-based presentations can help to present instructional materials […]

Scanning

What is it? Scanning is simply the process of digitizing hard-copy media. A scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. These images may then be saved into a variety of file formats and used in lectures, websites, etc. This is especially […]

Screen Capture Programs

What Is It? Screen capture applications allow the user to capture still images or video of actions or objects on the user’s computer screen. There are a variety of tools available, but their capabilities are very similar so the information here will be somewhat generic, but is generally true for all screen capture utilities. If […]